Kauai is one of my favorite islands in Hawaii with incredible landscapes, beaches, waterfalls and canyons. It really has it all! It also has some huge, expensive resorts but if you are looking for something about more personal, intimate, and unique then you will be keen to check out this list of beautiful, boutique hotels on Kauai. If your taste and budget in choosing accommodation lie between inn and boutique homes or hotels. This island offers a small collection of intimate, stylish boutique hotels and vacation homes.

I know it can be tough to find hotels on Kauai. The problem isn’t a shortage of options but how you narrow down your search in choosing the best place to stay. A boutique hotel is smaller in size than the big resorts, offers more personal experience, and in my experience, it’s usually a better overall vibe as you aren’t one of 300 guests staying on at the property. Some of the staff might even remember your name! Basically, at a boutique hotel, you are way more likely to feel at home than at a big resort.  So I’ve made a list of boutique hotels on Kauai to help with your choice and put your mind at ease.

Here’s a chart for my recommended boutique accommodation on Kauai:


Boutique HotelsLocationRatingsRate/Night
Koa Kea Hotel & ResortPoipu9.0- Superb$389
Garden Island InnLihue9.3- Exceptional$178
Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy Kapaa8.7- Fabulous$203
Hotel Coral ReefKapaa8.8- Fabulous$299
The ISO Kapaa8.4- Very Good$143
Kauai Shores HotelKapaa8.4- Very Good$149
The Kauai InnLihue8.0- Very Good$146


Koa Kea Hotel & Resort (Service): Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is by far the best boutique 4-star resort on Kauai island. Not cheap but as I said this is Hawaii! It is a small resort yet equipped with everything you need. From its top-notch service the moment you set foot on the property to a wide range of services including several restaurants that serve savory cuisines.  Apart from being romantic and quiet, other things that make this property different from other luxury hotels are the fewer rooms which means more personalized service and pet-friendly. Yes, you can bring your four-legged travel buddy here and the rooms are even as luxurious as other high-end hotels. Beautifully maintained and appointed with lavish amenities such as a Nespresso coffee machine, an iPod docking station, and TV. If that’s enough to convince you, the hotel offers daily cleaning services, full-spa, yoga class, and a gym. Basically Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is one of the classiest and best full-service boutique hotels on Kauai.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Koa Kea Hotel & Resort.

Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy (Relaxation): Kick back and relax in Kauai’s picturesque shoreline and be pampered in the range of the resort amenities and services! What guests love about this property is its full-spa and massage service, fitness center,  and an outdoor pool which gives a relaxing escape for both children and adults. It’s a great value for money knowing that the property is close to some sightseeing sites, markets, and restaurants. Overall, the surrounding is immaculate and spotless! Couples rated this property highly because of its location and the pure relaxation it creates. It is a sure guarantee that once you come to know the place, you wouldn’t want to leave.

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Hotel Coral Reef (Location): This hotel takes its pride in giving guests good room condition, superb service, excellent facilities, and amazing beach views. Yes, it’s not shortlisted with offerings! Being one of the most notable boutique hotels in town, it promises every guest a wonderful stay. It’s 21 rooms have private lanais, free parking, use of bikes, BBQ grill, coffee, and tea. Operating for more than 60 years, absolutely they know how to put a smile on your face. The staff is extremely helpful in arranging island tours. It isn’t the cheapest in town, but definitely a great deal when it comes to location- only 10-15 minutes away from the airport. Ideally, it is located both on the picturesque beach and historical town of Kapa’a that features a variety of unique stores and all of the best places to eat on Kauai. A highly recommended boutique hotel on Kauai with one of the top ratings among booking sites.

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The ISO (Value): Feel the laid-back vibe of the island in Kauai’s newest boutique hotel where the island and ocean meet the sky, your adventures start at The ISO. From yoga, Tai Chi, cycling to hiking, these are some of the activities that you can benefit from the property. Comprising of 51 rooms in total, this place creates a homey feeling. I personally liked the feeling of the night ocean breeze, that salty smell comes into my room when I left the sliding door open. The hammock, fire pit, and healthy breakfast are just other things that this property offers making it a great base for all types of travelers plus its value for money. Location wise, you will never be left behind from the action-packed activities from nearby attractions, shops, and restaurants. I highly recommend staying at The ISO, one of the more local-styled boutique hotels on Kauai!

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Kauai Shores Hotel (Family-Pick): An authentic Kauai adventure awaits you at this vibrant boutique hotel set on the east side of Kauai giving you the mix of contemporary and old school surf vibe. The location is very convenient as it is between the North and South Shore, not far from the airport and very close to the Coconut Market Place. Apart from being beachfront, the property has two pools for you to chill after a tiring day of exploring. Also, there’s a fire pit on-site, free car rental, breakfast for two, and if yoga is your thing then they have it, too!  The room types are mixed from single, double, to family room with colorful, modern, and unique design. Whether you book a pool view or an ocean view room, surely it won’t disappoint! I especially love the atmosphere of the hotel, it’s very casual and it has a social vibe. The Lava Lava Beach Club has great live music at night and doesn’t skip the happy hour. This is by far the most rated 3-star hotel among families and travelers on Kauai! 

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The Kauai Inn (Serene): Apparently one of the nicest places you can stumble in Lihue. This 2-star boutique accommodation is impeccably beautiful in its own terms. While other accommodations opted to be right beside the oceans, The Kauai Inn lies on the foot of the magnificent Haupa Mountains. Being on this place will give you the tranquility and the feel of old Hawaii with its luscious green surrounding and the beautiful mountain backdrop. It’s close proximity to the airport, covered BBQ facility, exciting activities such as kayaking and fishing, free continental breakfast are the top reasons why guests love to stay here. Not only that, but this place is also family-friendly and a great base camp to those who intend to linger a bit on the island. It may look secluded but surprisingly it is close to some attractions. Personally, this a good place to unwind and enjoy the serenity without comprising much of the budget. 

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Garden Island Inn (Value): If you want a quaint, artsy, and laid-back accommodation on Kauai, the Garden Island Inn is the ideal place for you! This inn has 25 well-adorned and cozy rooms with TVs, DVD’s and kitchenettes fitted with refrigerators and microwaves. And if you want to stay connected to the social media world, there’s Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas. The location of the inn comes in handy as it is only a short walk to Nawiliwili Bay and Kalapaki Beach so grab your free snacks and beach gears from the property. Whether you want to do yoga, have a massage, or play volleyball on the beach, you’ll definitely have a great time. The staff are extremely helpful and attentive in providing guests’ needs. What I loved about this place is guests don’t need to pay for resort amenities which you can’t find from other boutique hotels. The complimentary local cuisine breakfast is out of the world. Without a doubt, I highly recommend this place!

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I really hope this blog post helped you select a great boutique hotel on Kauai for your vacation. If you want to check out a few alternative options, I wrote this massive guide about the best spots to stay on Kauai: WHERE TO STAY ON KAUAI, HAWAII: BEST PLACES TO STAY

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